Bournemouth is a vibrant town with lots of places of interest to visit, including museums, historical buildings and theatre, along with lots of leisure facilities. For entertainment, you can see performances including music, dance, comedy, musicals and children’s shows at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre, a pop concert at the Bournemouth International Centre, or a film at the Odeon Cinema. There are many restaurants in the town and with a range of cuisines for different tastes and budgets, and the nightlife is vibrant, with a good choice of pubs and clubs.
Shopping in the town offers a large choice which includes Castlepoint Shopping Park with a good selection of stores, along with many more shops in the town centre. For business, there are a range of conference venues in the town such as those at Bournemouth International Centre and the Royal Bath Hotel. Bournemouth Airport and Southampton Airport serve the town for international air travel.
Bournemouth Car Hire
Wherever you are in Bournemouth, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Bournemouth car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
Among the places you could visit while you’re in Bournemouth, here are a few suggestions:
Russell-Coates Art Gallery and Museum
You can visit this Grade II listed house in Art Nouveau style, where you can admire the elegant features such as the Main Hall with its grand staircase, colourful glass dome and decorative frieze. The Dining Room is full of ornate decor and has an attractive fireplace and stained glass. The Morning Room has beautiful paintings on the ceiling and all around the house visitors can see many interesting and elegant items from around the world and works of art such as Pre-Raphaelite paintings.
This is a great place to come for a fun day with all the family, with lots of rides and attractions, such as a galleon swing, battle boats, giant slide, small train rides, maze, helter skelter and gentle roller coaster. There’s also an indoor soft play area, theatre shows, lots of animals to see such as donkeys, rabbits, goats and alpacas, and you can also have pony rides.
Moors Valley Country Park and Forest
Close to Bournemouth is lovely Country Park where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the surroundings and enjoy the forest, woods, meadow, rivers and lakes with all its natural wildlife including herons, swans and ducks, squirrels and roe deer. There are lots of activities to take part in, including a play area with climbing features, tunnels and maze, and there are also treetop activities from where you’ll have a great view of the area. You’ll find other play areas with features such as a zip slide, swings and tube slide, and the country park also offers charming steam train rides.
Another fun family outing would be to this Aquarium where you can see a huge range of fascinating creatures up close, including sharks, stingrays, lion fish, clown fish, turtles, otters, piranhas, eels, seahorses, jellyfish, crocodiles, iguanas and penguins.
Bournemouth Aviation Museum
This is an interesting place to visit and see many aviation exhibits which include a Vulcan Bomber and Wessex Helicopter, and lots of other aircraft and flight memorabilia. Visitors can sit in many of the cockpits, and can learn about the history of aviation in the area.
For an unusual and exciting experience you could book a go on this high and fast zip wire all the way from the tower on the pier to the beach. You can take the ride on your own or go against a friend as it has a dual line.
This is a lovely place to come and enjoy the tranquility of these attractive gardens which are Grade II listed. In the park are streams, bridges, a pond, rockery and a charming bandstand, and activities include mini golf, tennis courts, play area with a zip wire, slide and swings and you can also have something to eat and drink in the cafe, the park is also host to a number of events over the year.
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